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1. Describe the wedding ceremony in a Methodist Church 2. What importance do the wedding vows hold for Christians?

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WEDDINGS 1. Describe the wedding ceremony in a Methodist Church The ceremony begins with the couple standing together at the front of the Church; there must be at least 2 witnesses present for the ceremony to proceed. There is then the declaration of purpose, where the ministers speaks of the importance and purpose of marriage as being the lifelong union between a men and woman, and as the proper place to bring up children. The legal declarations follow, where each person declares that they know of no lawful impediment why they may not be married. At this point, a hymn may be sung and prayers are said. ...read more.

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The woman then makes her vows to the man. The rings are exchanged in the "giving of the rings" because they symbolise the promise of unending love and the exclusive commitment each partner is making. In the pronouncement of the marriage, the minister states that the couple are now married. A hymn may be sung and prayers may be said for the couple. The service ends with the blessing, said by the minister. The registrar is then signed by the couple and witnesses and the marriage certificate is issued. 2. What importance do the wedding vows hold for Christians? The vows exchanged in a wedding ceremony should have a large impact on the married lives of a Christian couple. ...read more.

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This will help to create a happy, long-lasting relationship. According to the vows, their promises should last for as long as they both live. This highlights that marriage is permanent. Each couple should therefore try to solve any problems which arise in their relationship. Marriages are more likely to last longer if they have trust and respect, displaying through faithfulness and attitudes. Each person also states, "For better for worse, for richer and poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death do us part, according to God's holy law; and to this I pledge myself". This shows how each person should always be loving towards their spouse, no matter what the circumstances are. Christian couples can also practice their faith with each other, bringing them closer together, such as praying and discussing the Bible. ...read more.

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